The Book of Ezra, Chapter 2, The Jewish People Returned

beemanlee's picture

Most of Chapter 2 of Ezra gives The Family Name and the number returning to Judah.

"Usually" in Semitic culture, only the males are recorded in the number given. So we can probably figure that the number can be then multiplied by the average family size of the day and come somewhat close to the exact number of people going back to Judah.

"Women and children" were never counted in amount of numbers, but just referenced to. Some women never marry, and some do not have children.

Most Jewish Males were expected to marry and have children. Even those in Religious service were expected to have one wife. But that usually is not and exact Science.

Lee Ostrander, Group Manager, The Minor Prophets

Clifford777's picture

Mysterious word Darkon

It is known that Hebrew words group, that if one studies all the words with the same first two letters of the three letter roots there is usually a cluster of meanings. Some have speculated, that original language had 2 letter verbs that gradually differentiated into more complex verbs over time.

So looking at words that begin with
Dalet Resh

in a modern Hebrew dictionary and Davison Hebrew Lexicon I find words & verbs in this cluster such as

to tread, to tread upon, to enter, to journey, to seek, to frequent, to search for, to lecture, to preach, freedom, to trodden, to dwell, to live, to step, to march, to squeeze, to press, through, or by the way of, good manners, occupation, way, journey, access, dwelling, pearl, age, generation, to repulse, to move rapidly, to flow freely, thistle, south,

Since this is the name of a priest, one might speculate that this priest was a preacher, or a seeker. There seems to be a sense in all these words of "motion", & "travel" that is of repetitive action but with freedom & power. Another way to think of it, might be "motion in one place." Not just to dwell in a location but to live in that location with a focus, a direction so that it becomes a journey.